Travel is often about being able to get away from daily chores at home, but there are also many benefits to renting a self-catered apartment while away, especially if you have strict dietary requirements or are going somewhere for more than a few days.
In order to help you find your home away from home, we’ve collected the most highly rated self-catered apartments on every continent. *
10 on Navesink in Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
10 on Navesink in Plettenberg Bay
South Africa’s Garden Route is a must for nature lovers and roadtrippers, especially the lake views around Plettenberg Bay. If you’re planning an in-depth exploration of the area (particularly the award-winning beaches) then 10 on Navesink provides an ideal base. This serene self-catered apartment is within a short drive of Robberg Nature Reserve and, for those days when you just want to relax, Robberg 5th beach is only a 8-minute walk away.
Yi Jia Apartment in Yunnan, China
Yi Jia Apartment in Yunnan
Manting Park in Jinghong City is over 1,300 years old and used to be the haunt of feudal lords. Today, the park is open to the whole public and hosts demonstrations of traditional Chinese arts. Travellers hoping to see a living example of Chinese history will enjoy strolling through the park’s many gardens (including the Tropical Orchid Garden and the Peacock Garden), followed by a classical tea ceremony at the Dai Cultural Teahouse and then an evening spent relaxing on the balcony of the Yi Jia Apartment.
Apartamenty Szewska 25 in Toruń, Poland
Apartamenty Szewska 25 in Toruń
Traditional aesthetics meet contemporary design at Apartamenty Szewska 25. Dark wooden beams, exposed brickwork and views of Toruń’s Old Town give guests an insight into what life in this Polish city used to be like. Meanwhile, a state-of-the-art kitchen, gigantic TVs and a rain shower cater to every modern creature comfort. If you are able to tear yourself away, this well-appointed apartment is just a short walk from the Vistula Riverfront.
Appartement de l'Ange in Quebec, Canada
Appartement de l'Ange in Quebec
The Quebec-based Appartement de l'Ange offer guests year-round escapism while showcasing Canada’s natural beauty. During the winter months, snowmobile rides and dog-sledding transport visitors through a snowy wonderland, followed by hot chocolate (or something stronger yet equally festive) by the log-burning fire. Spring sees the apartment’s garden coming into blossom, summer brings day trips to Monts Valin National Park, and the chance to see the leaves change colour in autumn is an experience you don’t want to miss.
Cardno’s Accommodation in Otago, New Zealand
Cardno’s Accommodation in Otago
The Cardno’s Accommodation apartments are ideally situated to make the most of the views of Molyneux Bay and the iconic Nugget Point Lighthouse. This squat lighthouse, teetering high above the bay, is one of the Otago coast’s most distinctive landmarks and can be easily admired from the apartment sun terrace. Those visitors who don’t feel the need to get a closer look at the lighthouse can enjoy long, lazy days fishing from the private dock, firing up the BBQ and enjoying the glorious New Zealand sunshine.
Domus Suites in Concepción, Chile
Domus Suites in Concepción
Watching the sky turn peach and violet as the sun sets over Concepción is magical experience, and the Domus Suites are a great spot to take in the view. These self-catered apartments offer sky-high views of the city from their private balconies, fully-equipped kitchens and impeccable connections to Concepción highlights like the Plaza de la Independencia and the Galería de la Historia.
** The data scientists at Booking.com looked at the most highly-reviewed self-catered apartments in every continent (except for Antarctica – we haven’t got any properties there).